I am having troubles with my VXA tapes and thought I'd pass on some signs, symptoms and a warning. The warning: Don't powercycle the VXA drive with a tape in it. Ecrix confirms that one is *likely* to destroy or lose some header information and the tape *may* then be recognized by RS as ERASED. There is no way to recover the umpteen gigs of info that are already on the tape at this point. Let me hear you all say redundant backups three times real fast right now! The trouble: Lost communications between the computer and the VXA drive. Backup will stall in the middle for various reasons (client dropped off the network, 519 errors, slow response...). RS will still be trying to run the backup and I've been able to stop the backup. Upon starting any backup to the tape at this point, the VXA drive is unrecognized (no SCSI drive recognition while RS scans the bus). I then restarted the computer, and powercycled the drive (tape still in it, as it wouldn't eject using the front panel). Tape is now unrecognized by RS and is listed as "erased" when it is inserted. Neither RS nor ECRIX have any solution (they reviewed the RS log files and their own log files from the drive), although ECRIX said they thought RS was working on communications problems with the drive, this was not confirmed by RS support. Haven't solved the communications problem yet, but if anyone has suggestions, I'm looking for answers. Suspects are SCSI cables (easy to check, just haven't traded them out yet). System: beige G3, MacOS 9.0.4, RS 4.3, external VXA on built-in SCSI bus with a CD-R following it on the same bus (cables are all short). -- Bob Durst Note my new e-mail address: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Please update your address book to reflect the change. Visit my web site: http://fst.orst.edu/bob_durst/ -- ---------------------------------------------------------- To subscribe: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To unsubscribe: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Archives: <http://list.working-dogs.com/lists/retro-talk/> Search: <http://www.mail-archive.com/retro-talk%40latchkey.com/> For urgent issues, please contact Dantz technical support directly at [EMAIL PROTECTED] or 925.253.3050.